How can I keep my sanity??

  1. I think I am losing it!! I am waiting to hear back from various schools and the earliest I will know is May 1st. It is all I can think about. Will I get in? Are my grades competitive enough? When will I know? I find myself thinking about it at work and cannot concentrate.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make the next 4 to 6 weeks tolerable? How can I keep my sanity!?
    I wish I just knew one way or the other!!
  2. Visit dream2nurse profile page

    About dream2nurse

    Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 45
    Fundraising

    11 Comments

  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Are you taking other classes right now? Indulge yourself in those, or a good book, spend extra fun time with family, etc.

    Good luck!
  4. by   NurseAnn08
    I'm right there with you! I think many of us here are in the same boat. I have applied to one program, and probably will not know until after May 1st. I think about it every day and just really want to know if I'm in or not, so I can plan my life! I am taking three classes right now, and sometimes find it hard to concentrate, wondering if I got accepted or not...same things, if my GPA is high enough, etc. It's already the 6th and time is going by fast...sorry I don't have any suggestions, because I'm really in the same situation and can't stop thinking about it!

    Good luck and post when you find out one way or the other!
  5. by   nursingismydream
    If you are taking other classes, that can help. Also, spend some extra time with your family now, while the time is there. Take my word for it, you will be glad you did. Time isn't your friend as much when you get into the program. Also, I went through the whole house and did some spring cleaning. I cleaned out dressers, closets, washed everything, went through every nook and cranny. Not only did it keep me busy, but the house was so clean and organized. It is a big help when you only have to worry about maintaining it. Not doing all the really hard stuff while in school fulltime and studying and everything else. Maybe, now would be a good time to try and get into the habit of forming an exercise ritual. Even just taking a long walk. Not only will this help you to feel better and deal with stress, but it will be like training for your physical health so that your body can handle all the demands ahead of it. I figure that even though a person is not actually in the program yet, there are still some things that they can do to help them later on. Make a list of somethings that you might want to get done. Maybe you want to take a vacation or something. Even if you just want to work extra hours to get money put away. Now is the time to do those things.
  6. by   cn2007rn
    I hear you, I am waiting to hear about one program for Fall and then I waiting to take an entrance exam for another program, also for Fall.

    I am currently taking A and P 2, and I find I can't concentrate at all, I feel so stressed all the time.

    My entire life will change if I get into one of these programs, I will go from working full-time days/night school to working part-time evenings and going to class and clinicals during the day.

    I really happy that I have something I am really interested in and it's so important to me but at the same time it's making me crazy!

    I had an interview for one program on Monday and took the rest of the day to do school work and study, and I couldn't do anything the rest of the day! I couldn't get into studying until that night!

    Anyway, good luck getting in!

    I will be here trying to relax and chill! :chuckle
  7. by   dream2nurse
    Thank you for all of your responses and suggestions!! I am starting a CPR class tonight because that is all I have left to do - All pre-reqs are done, etc. So hopefully that will help.

    All of you still waiting to hear, I wish you all the best of luck!
  8. by   BoonersmomRN
    Yes! Keep yourself busY! ( I was going to be smart and say drink heavily ha ha..but that;s just a joke).

    "out of sight out of mind"....so keep yourself busy with family, etc etc!

    GOOD LUCK!
  9. by   Nrs_angie
    Enjoy your free time now!

    My program begins at 7 am and lasts until 3 pm. The clinical paperwork takes 3-4 hours per night. That's not including study time for lectures. Nursing school is very challenging. One thing I did that helped alot was reading books. Fiction, non-fiction, romance or whatever you like. It helped me to relax and not think about getting accepted. It also helped prepare my mind. You know alot of those nurse entrance tests and randomized tests they give throughout the year test your reading comprehension. I had a great score on my Nurse's Entrance Test (NET) and that definately boosted my chance at getting in. Also my other advice, is get one of those books that helps you learn how to take tests and how to critically think. Everything in nursing requires you to critically think. So any kind of books that you can read now, will help you in the long run. I also looked online for tips on taking multiple choice and true/false tests. You know, i spent half as much time studying for exams than my friends... ( and I got better grades ). They could never figure out how I did it!
  10. by   dream2nurse
    That is excellent advice! I have head many others on this bord talk about difficulties with test taking, so to get a leg up on that skill I think would be very useful. If you have any suggestions on books or resources, that would be great!

    Thank you to everyone for your responses and advice.

    I think I am going to try and stay busy, get my house in order, concentrate on my CPR class, and do whatever I can to prepare for the possibility of starting nursing school in the fall.


    Quote from Nrs_angie
    Enjoy your free time now!

    My program begins at 7 am and lasts until 3 pm. The clinical paperwork takes 3-4 hours per night. That's not including study time for lectures. Nursing school is very challenging. One thing I did that helped alot was reading books. Fiction, non-fiction, romance or whatever you like. It helped me to relax and not think about getting accepted. It also helped prepare my mind. You know alot of those nurse entrance tests and randomized tests they give throughout the year test your reading comprehension. I had a great score on my Nurse's Entrance Test (NET) and that definately boosted my chance at getting in. Also my other advice, is get one of those books that helps you learn how to take tests and how to critically think. Everything in nursing requires you to critically think. So any kind of books that you can read now, will help you in the long run. I also looked online for tips on taking multiple choice and true/false tests. You know, i spent half as much time studying for exams than my friends... ( and I got better grades ). They could never figure out how I did it!
  11. by   Nrs_angie
    Quote from dream2nurse
    That is excellent advice! I have head many others on this bord talk about difficulties with test taking, so to get a leg up on that skill I think would be very useful. If you have any suggestions on books or resources, that would be great!

    Thank you to everyone for your responses and advice.

    I think I am going to try and stay busy, get my house in order, concentrate on my CPR class, and do whatever I can to prepare for the possibility of starting nursing school in the fall.
    Yes getting your house in order is a good idea. You will need to be very organized in nursing school. I recommend going to any kind of bookstore like your local barnes and nobles or waldenbooks and getting something on test taking strategies... or a book that will improve your vocabulary/reading comprehension. You can usually find them in the reference area. Most times you dont even need to know the answer to a test question. You can figure it out just by the question itself. Alot of times they use two answers that mean the same thing. So you can rule out those for example.
  12. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from BoonersMom
    Yes! Keep yourself busY! ( I was going to be smart and say drink heavily ha ha..but that;s just a joke).

    "out of sight out of mind"....so keep yourself busy with family, etc etc!

    GOOD LUCK!

    LOL .... I wanted to say, "PARTY WHILE YOU CAN!"
  13. by   Regina66
    Boy, I know what you guys mean. I too am waiting to see if I get in the program this fall. This will be my 3rd time. ( No money both times).I got in the first time right off. The last time I didn't find out I got in until right before the fall semester started. This time I have a scholorship lined up to help me, but I am afraid they are tired of fooling with me. I hope they give me another chance. I am 39 this month and I feel like this is my last chance to do this. I am so excited, I know people are getting tired of hearing about this. They just get that glazed look in their eyes when I start talking about it. I try to not talk about it so much but my mind is always on it... I have started to crotchet a poncho. I hope to wear it to classes this fall....

close